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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815698/altered-regulation-of-terminal-flower-1-causes-the-unique-vernalisation-response-in-an-arctic-woodland-strawberry-accession
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Elli A Koskela, Takeshi Kurokura, Tuomas Toivainen, Anita Sønsteby, Ola M Heide, Daniel J Sargent, Sachiko Isobe, Laura Jaakola, Hrannar Hilmarsson, Paula Elomaa, Timo Hytönen
Vernalisation requirement is an agriculturally important trait that postpones the development of cold-sensitive floral organs until the spring. The family Rosaceae includes many agriculturally important fruit and berry crops that suffer from crop losses caused by frost injury to overwintering flower buds. Recently, a vernalisation-requiring accession of the Rosaceae model woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca) has been identified in northern Norway. Understanding the molecular basis of the vernalisation requirement in this accession would advance the development of strawberry cultivars better adapted to temperate climate...
August 16, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769969/functional-characterization-of-a-novel-r2r3-myb-transcription-factor-modulating-the-flavonoid-biosynthetic-pathway-from-epimedium-sagittatum
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Wenjun Huang, Haiyan Lv, Ying Wang
Epimedium species have been widely used both as traditional Chinese medicinal plants and ornamental perennials. Both flavonols, acting as the major bioactive components (BCs) and anthocyanins, predominantly contributing to the color diversity of Epimedium flowers belong to different classes of flavonoids. It is well-acknowledged that flavonoid biosynthetic pathway is predominantly regulated by R2R3-MYB transcription factor (TF) as well as bHLH TF and WD40 protein at the transcriptional level. MYB TFs specifically regulating anthocyanin or flavonol biosynthetic pathway have been already isolated and functionally characterized from Epimedium sagittatum, but a R2R3-MYB TF involved in regulating both these two pathways has not been functionally characterized to date in Epimedium plants...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769957/aba-mediated-stomatal-response-in-regulating-water-use-during-the-development-of-terminal-drought-in-wheat
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Renu Saradadevi, Jairo A Palta, Kadambot H M Siddique
End-of-season drought or "terminal drought," which occurs after flowering, is considered the most significant abiotic stress affecting crop yields. Wheat crop production in Mediterranean-type environments is often exposed to terminal drought due to decreasing rainfall and rapid increases in temperature and evapotranspiration during spring when wheat crops enter the reproductive stage. Under such conditions, every millimeter of extra soil water extracted by the roots benefits grain filling and yield and improves water use efficiency (WUE)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759789/changes-in-carbohydrate-levels-and-relative-water-content-rwc-to-distinguish-dormancy-phases-in-sweet-cherry
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Heiko Kaufmann, Michael Blanke
Perennial trees require chilling, i.e. a period of cold temperature in the winter, for flowering next spring; sweet cherry is particularly prone to lack of chilling. The objective of this study is to identify possible transition points to clearly distinguish dormancy phases by relating carbohydrate and relative water content (RWC) in reproductive buds to concomitant chilling fulfilment. This contribution proposes the use of four transition points between the dormancy phases and their characterization in terms of carbohydrates, water contents in combination with chilling values and may allow upscaling to other dormancy studies in trees; two groups of cherry varieties were defined based on their different initial sorbitol and starch level in the autumn...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752516/cycling-dof-factor-1-represses-transcription-through-the-topless-co-repressor-to-control-photoperiodic-flowering-in-arabidopsis
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Greg S Goralogia, Tongkun Liu, Lin Zhao, Paul M Panipinto, Evan D Groover, Yashkarn S Bains, Takato Imaizumi
CYCLING DOF FACTOR 1 (CDF1) and its homologs play an important role in the floral transition by repressing the expression of floral activator genes such as CONSTANS (CO) and FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) in Arabidopsis. The day-length specific removal of CDF1-dependent repression is a critical mechanism in photoperiodic flowering. However, the mechanism by which CDF1 represses CO and FT transcription remained elusive. Here we demonstrate that Arabidopsis CDF proteins contain non-EAR motif-like conserved domains required for interaction with the TOPLESS (TPL) co-repressor protein...
July 28, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741704/methylation-of-protein-phosphatase-2a-influence-of-regulators-and-environmental-stress-factors
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Maria T Creighton, Anna Kolton, Amr R A Kataya, Jodi Maple-Grødem, Irina O Averkina, Behzad Heidari, Cathrine Lillo
Protein phosphatase 2A catalytic subunit (PP2A-C) has a terminal leucine subjected to methylation, a regulatory mechanism conserved from yeast to mammals and plants. Two enzymes, LCMT1 and PME1, methylate and demethylate PP2A-C, respectively. The physiological importance of these posttranslational modifications is still enigmatic. We investigated these processes in Arabidopsis thaliana by mutant phenotyping, global expression analysis, and by monitoring methylation status of PP2A-C under different environmental conditions...
July 25, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724621/mildew-resistance-locus-o-function-in-pollen-tube-reception-is-linked-to-its-oligomerization-and-subcellular-distribution
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Daniel S Jones, Jing Yuan, Benjamin Smith, Andrew Willoughby, Emily L Kumimoto, Sharon A Kessler
Sexual reproduction in flowering plants requires communication between synergid cells and a tip-elongating pollen tube (PT) for the successful delivery of sperm cells to the embryo sac. The reception of the PT relies on signaling within the synergid cell that ultimately leads to the degeneration of the receptive synergid and PT rupture, releasing the sperm cells for double fertilization. In Arabidopsis thaliana, NORTIA (NTA), a member of the Mildew resistance locus O (MLO) family of proteins, plays a critical role in the communication processes regulating PT reception...
July 19, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724076/gbs-based-genomic-selection-for-pea-grain-yield-under-severe-terminal-drought
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Paolo Annicchiarico, Nelson Nazzicari, Luciano Pecetti, Massimo Romani, Barbara Ferrari, Yanling Wei, E Charles Brummer
Terminal drought is the main stress that limits pea ( L.) grain yield in Mediterranean-climate regions. This study provides an unprecedented assessment of the predictive ability of genomic selection (GS) for grain yield under severe terminal drought using genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) data. Additional aims were to assess the GS predictive ability for different GBS data quality filters and GS models, comparing intrapopulation with interpopulation GS predictive ability and to perform genome-wide association (GWAS) studies...
July 2017: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698232/genome-wide-sequence-and-expression-analysis-of-the-nac-transcription-factor-family-in-polyploid-wheat
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Philippa Borrill, Sophie A Harrington, Cristobal Uauy
Many important genes in agriculture correspond to transcription factors which regulate a wide range of pathways from flowering to responses to disease and abiotic stresses. In this study, we identified 5,776 transcription factors in hexaploid wheat (Triticum aestivum) and classified them into gene families. We further investigated the NAC family exploring the phylogeny, C-terminal domain conservation and expression profiles across 308 RNA-seq samples. Phylogenetic trees of NAC domains indicated that wheat NACs divided into eight groups similar to rice (Oryza sativa) and barley (Hordeum vulgare)...
July 11, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671640/chrysin-attenuates-vcam-1-expression-and-monocyte-adhesion-in-lipopolysaccharide-stimulated-brain-endothelial-cells-by-preventing-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling
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Bo Kyung Lee, Won Jae Lee, Yi-Sook Jung
Adhesion of leukocytes to endothelial cells plays an important role in neuroinflammation. Therefore, suppression of the expression of adhesion molecules in brain endothelial cells may inhibit neuroinflammation. Chrysin (5,7-dihydroxyflavone) is a flavonoid component of propolis, blue passion flowers, and fruits. In the present study, we examined the effects of chrysin on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced expression of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) in mouse cerebral vascular endothelial (bEnd.3) cells...
July 3, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634297/superman-prevents-class-b-gene-expression-and-promotes-stem-cell-termination-in-the-fourth-whorl-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-flowers
#11
Nathanaël Prunet, Weibing Yang, Pradeep Das, Elliot M Meyerowitz, Thomas P Jack
The molecular and genetic networks underlying the determination of floral organ identity are well studied, but much less is known about how the flower is partitioned into four developmentally distinct whorls. The SUPERMAN gene is required for proper specification of the boundary between stamens in whorl 3 and carpels in whorl 4, as superman mutants exhibit supernumerary stamens but usually lack carpels. However, it has remained unclear whether extra stamens in superman mutants originate from an organ identity change in whorl 4 or the overproliferation of whorl 3...
July 3, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634231/hyperactivity-of-the-arabidopsis-cryptochrome-cry1-l407f-mutant-is-caused-by-a-structural-alteration-close-to-the-cry1-atp-binding-site
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Christian Orth, Nils Niemann, Lars Hennig, Lars-Oliver Essen, Alfred Batschauer
Plant cryptochromes (cry) act as UV-A/blue light receptors. The prototype, Arabidopsis thaliana cry1, regulates several light responses during the life cycle, including de-etiolation, and is also involved in regulating flowering time. The cry1 photocycle is initiated by light absorption by its FAD chromophore, which is most likely fully oxidized (FADox) in the dark state and photoreduced to the neutral flavin semiquinone (FADH°) in its lit state. Cryptochromes lack the DNA-repair activity of the closely related DNA photolyases, but they retain the ability to bind nucleotides such as ATP...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633330/the-asparagine-rich-protein-nrp-interacts-with-the-verticillium-effector-pevd1-and-regulates-the-subcellular-localization-of-cryptochrome-2
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Ruimin Zhou, Tong Zhu, Lei Han, Mengjie Liu, Mengyuan Xu, Yanli Liu, Dandan Han, Dewen Qiu, Qingqiu Gong, Xinqi Liu
The soil-borne fungal pathogen Verticillium dahliae infects a wide range of dicotyledonous plants including cotton, tobacco, and Arabidopsis. Among the effector proteins secreted by V. dahliae, the 16 kDa PevD1 induces a hypersensitive response in tobacco. Here we report the high-resolution structure of PevD1 with folds resembling a C2 domain-like structure with a calcium ion bound to the C-terminal acidic pocket. A yeast two-hybrid screen, designed to probe for molecular functions of PevD1, identified Arabidopsis asparagine-rich protein (NRP) as the interacting partner of PevD1...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621907/role-of-cleavage-and-polyadenylation-specificity-factor-100-anchoring-poly-a-sites-and-modulating-transcription-termination
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Juncheng Lin, Ruqiang Xu, Xiaohui Wu, Yingjia Shen, Qingshun Q Li
CPSF100 is a core component of the cleavage and polyadenylation specificity factor (CPSF) complex for 3'-end formation of mRNA, but it still has no clear functional assignment. CPSF100 was reported to play a role in RNA silencing and promote flowering in Arabidopsis. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying these phenomena are not fully understood. Our genetics analyses indicate that plants with a hypomorphic mutant of CPSF100 (esp5) show defects in embryogenesis, reduced seed production or altered root morphology...
June 16, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592920/phase-i-dose-escalation-trial-of-intravaginal-curcumin-in-women-for-cervical-dysplasia
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Leda Gattoc, Paula M Frew, Shontell N Thomas, Kirk A Easley, Laura Ward, H-H Sherry Chow, Chiemi A Ura, Lisa Flowers
BACKGROUND: This is a Phase I trial demonstrating safety and tolerability of intravaginal curcumin for future use in women with cervical neoplasia. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of intravaginal curcumin in healthy women. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a 3+3 dose-escalation Phase I trial in a group of women aged 18-45 years. Thirteen subjects were given one of four doses of curcumin powder (500 mg, 1,000 mg, 1,500 mg, and 2,000 mg) packed in gelatin capsules, which was administered intravaginally daily for 14 days...
2017: Open Access Journal of Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590553/transgenerational-effects-of-mild-heat-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-show-strong-genotype-specificity-that-is-explained-by-climate-at-origin
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Maartje P Groot, Alexander Kubisch, N Joop Ouborg, Jörn Pagel, Karl J Schmid, Philippine Vergeer, Christian Lampei
Transgenerational environmental effects can trigger strong phenotypic variation. However, it is unclear how cues from different preceding generations interact. Also, little is known about the genetic variation for these life history traits. Here, we present the effects of grandparental and parental mild heat, and their combination, on four traits of the third-generation phenotype of 14 Arabidopsis thaliana genotypes. We tested for correlations of these effects with climate and constructed a conceptual model to identify the environmental conditions that favour the parental effect on flowering time...
June 7, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570020/coordination-driven-folding-in-multi-zn-ii-porphyrin-arrays-constructed-on-a-pillar-5-arene-scaffold
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Thi Minh Nguyet Trinh, Iwona Nierengarten, Haifa Ben Aziza, Eric Meichsner, Michel Holler, Matthieu Chessé, Rym Abidi, Christian Bijani, Yannick Coppel, Emmanuel Maisonhaute, Béatrice Delavaux-Nicot, Jean-François Nierengarten
Pillar[5]arene derivatives bearing peripheral porphyrin subunits have been efficiently prepared from a deca-azide pillar[5]arene building block (17) and Zn(II) -porphyrin derivatives bearing a terminal alkyne function (9 and 16). For the resulting deca-Zn(II) -porphyrin arrays (18 and 20), variable temperature NMR studies revealed an intramolecular complexation of the peripheral Zn(II) -porphyrin moieties by 1,2,3-triazole subunits. As a result, the molecules adopt a folded conformation. This was further confirmed by UV/Vis spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry...
August 16, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536585/exploring-niches-for-short-season-grain-legumes-in-semi-arid-eastern-kenya-coping-with-the-impacts-of-climate-variability
#18
Anne Sennhenn, Donald M G Njarui, Brigitte L Maass, Anthony M Whitbread
Climate variability is the major risk to agricultural production in semi-arid agroecosystems and the key challenge to sustain farm livelihoods for the 500 million people who inhabit these areas worldwide. Short-season grain legumes have great potential to address this challenge and help to design more resilient and productive farming systems. However, grain legumes display a great diversity and differ widely in growth, development, and resource use efficiency. Three contrasting short season grain legumes common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533784/the-divergence-of-flowering-time-modulated-by-ft-tfl1-is-independent-to-their-interaction-and-binding-activities
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Zhen Wang, Ruiguang Yang, Upendra K Devisetty, Julin N Maloof, Yang Zuo, Jingjing Li, Yuxiao Shen, Jian Zhao, Manzhu Bao, Guogui Ning
FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) and TERMINAL FLOWER1 (TFL1) proteins share highly conserved amino acid residues but they play opposite regulatory roles in promoting and repressing the flowering response, respectively. Previous substitution models and functional analysis have identified several key amino acid residues which are critical for the promotion of flowering. However, the precise relationship between naturally occurring FT/TFL1 homologs and the mechanism of their role in flowering is still unclear. In this study, FT/TFL1 homologs from eight Rosaceae species, namely, Spiraea cantoniensis, Pyracantha fortuneana, Photinia serrulata, Fragaria ananassa, Rosa hybrida, Prunus mume, Prunus persica and Prunus yedoensis, were isolated...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500697/light-induced-conformational-changes-in-the-plant-cryptochrome-photolyase-homology-region-resolved-by-selective-isotope-labeling-and-infrared-spectroscopy
#20
Constanze Sommer, Marina S Dietz, Thomas Patschkowski, Tilo Mathes, Tilman Kottke
Plant cryptochromes are photoreceptors that regulate flowering, circadian rhythm and photomorphogenesis in response to blue and UV-A light. It has been demonstrated that the oxidized flavin cofactor is photoreduced to the neutral radical state via separate electron and proton transfer. Conformational changes have been found in the C-terminal extension, but few studies have addressed the changes in secondary structure in the sensory photolyase homology region (PHR). Here, we investigated the PHR of the plant cryptochrome from the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii by light-induced infrared difference spectroscopy in combination with global (13) C and (15) N isotope labeling...
May 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
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